Child Custody and Visitation Law
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When ending your relationship is the right choice for your family, decisions regarding the children can be a harrowing experience. There are a multitude of factors that must be considered. When children are involved, the stakes are higher and such a situation requires that the entire process be handled by caring professionals who keep the children's best interests first. At Moore Law for Children, our goal is to help you through this difficult process and get the best possible outcome for you and your children.
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In a perfect world, making decisions and coming to an agreement regarding the custody of your child would be seamless and quickly resolved with an outcome that ensures everyone walks away happy. Unfortunately, in the real world, custody proceedings often run high with emotions and tension. In most cases, you are worried about your child’s future, how the changes happening with your family will impact them, and you want what is in their best interest without putting them in the middle of a custody battle.
Your children are your world. No one knows that better than the attorneys at Moore Law for Children. We are lawyers who have dedicated our careers to advocating for the well-being of children and have defended children’s rights in Orange County for years. We are caring, compassionate, prepared, and equipped to fight for our clients.
If you are in the middle of a divorce or you are fighting for custody or visitation rights with your children, speak to the attorneys at Moore Law for Children. We will help you to understand the intricacies of the custody process and strategize with you on the best course of action to protect your children and your rights.
Our family law attorneys have the legal skills and experience you need and offer the compassion and care you deserve.
The family law attorneys at Moore Law for Children will work on a child custody and visitation plan to achieve your goals while ensuring the best interests of your children remain at the forefront. It is always the preference that parents come to a mutual agreement on a visitation schedule that reflects the practical needs of the parents while also ensuring the child reaps the benefits of both parents’ guidance, care, and love.
However, sometimes conflict between parents can lead to disagreements on the visitation conditions or a parent’s ability to properly care for the child. In any instance, Moore Law for Children will fiercely advocate for you, inclusive of consulting with other mental health and child expert professionals when necessary.
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Types of Child Custody in California
In the majority of divorce and child custody cases, it is believed to be beneficial that the child has a relationship with both parents. However, parents sometimes cannot agree on a parenting plan together and that decision falls to the courts.
Legal vs. Physical Custody
There are two types of child custody in California: legal and physical. Legal custody refers to the right to make important decisions for the child including decisions about the child’s education, health, and welfare. Physical custody refers to the parent with whom the child resides.
Joint Legal Custody vs. Sole Legal Custody
When parents are awarded joint legal custody, they both share in making decisions for their child, such as medical and education decisions. However, if sole legal custody is granted to one parent, then only that parent has the right to make decisions regarding the child.
Joint Physical Custody vs. Sole Physical Custody
The same applies to physical custody. When parents are awarded joint physical custody, the child shares time between the two households. However, if a parent is granted sole physical custody, the child then lives with that parent while having visitation with the non-custodial parent.
If you have any questions about child custody in California or need help navigating any family law matters, please do not hesitate to contact Moore Law for Children today.
Types of Visitation Orders
Visitation is a plan for how the parents will share time with their children. Visitation orders vary depending on the best interests of the children, the parents’ situations, and other factors. In general, visitation falls into one of the following categories:
Visitation According to a Schedule
In general, it’s best for the parents and children to have a detailed visitation schedule to prevent conflicts and confusion for both the children and the parents. Between the parents and the courts, a visitation schedule is settled upon that details the dates and times that the children will be with each parent. These schedules may include holidays, special events, and vacations.
A reasonable visitation order does not necessarily detail when the children will be with each parent. Instead, these orders are left open-ended and allow the parents to work it out amongst themselves. This will only work if the parents get along well, are flexible, and communicate well with each other.
When the children’s safety and well-being may be at risk, a parent’s visits may be supervised by another non-professional adult or a professional monitor. This can also be used in situations where a child and a parent need time to become more familiar with one another such as when a parent has not seen the child in a long time. This can include the involvement of a mental health professional to assist with the reunification of the parent and child.
This option is used when visiting with a parent, even under supervision, would be emotionally or physically harmful to the children. In these cases, it is in the best interest of the children for the parent to have no contact with them.
How do Family Law Courts in California Determine Custody?
In the state of California, the court takes a number of factors into account when determining a custody order. These factors include the following:
- The age of the child;
- The health of the child;
- The ability of the parents to be promotive of the parent-child relationship;
- Strength of parenting skills;
- The emotional ties between the child and parents;
- The child’s ties to his or her school, home, and community; and
- History of violence or substance abuse in the family home
Is California a Mother or Father Custody State?
California law does not display a preference towards either parent in a custody case. Custody decisions are made based on the above factors and the child’s best interests.